WASHINGTON, DC – After U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben
Carson announced a plan to triple the rent for many families living in
federally subsidized public housing, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking
Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing,
and Urban Development (THUD), issued the following statement:
“The Trump Administration seems intent on
cutting resources for affordable housing and increasing rent burdens on
“First, President Trump called for slashing
$11.5 billion from HUD in 2019, a 22 percent reduction from fiscal year 2018,
and now Secretary Carson has outlined a plan to essentially evict thousands of
poor families from HUD-assisted housing. Both ideas would hurt families
“Secretary Carson’s latest rent increase
proposal is ill-conceived and ill-advised.
“The combined impact of the increases in
mandatory minimum rent, income thresholds, and the change from adjusted gross
to gross income for non-elderly and non-disabled households would make things
even harder for people who are already struggling. It would take money
away from other basic necessities, like food, heat, and health care.
“If this plan were enacted it could be the
difference between a working mother maintaining child care or becoming
“Even after rolling this proposal out, HUD is
still unable to provide Congress with data on the impact of these rent
increases at the national or local level, and cannot quantify the fiscal year
2019 or outward year savings. That is unacceptable and Congress should
not move forward until we get some answers to these basic questions.
“Instead of just shifting greater burdens to
struggling families, we should be working on a bipartisan basis to provide the
necessary funding for the bricks and mortar that give people – including
homeless veterans and elderly neighbors -- a modest place to call home.
The Trump Administration’s proposal would not give these families any real
chance at improved economic or health outcomes.
“Affordable housing is a necessity to growing
our economy. In too many communities, there’s too little housing
available or what’s available is costly due to scarcity. It’s a worry for
families and employers alike. This proposal is the exact opposite of what
we should be doing.
“I will continue working on a bipartisan basis
to make smart federal investments that create more affordable housing
opportunities, spur job creation, and stabilize communities. And I will
strongly oppose plans that will leave more families out on the streets.”